Pedals Straight to Interface?

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Pedals Straight to Interface?

Post by Unicorn Warrior » Fri Sep 13, 2019 8:24 am

Beginner question but does anyone do instrument to pedal and then straight into interface or is something recommended as a go between?

I’m using a focusrite clarett 4pre with logic into a Mac

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Re: Pedals Straight to Interface?

Post by burpgun » Fri Sep 13, 2019 8:45 am

I run my pedal board straight into my Presonsus Firestudio and then use an amp sim on the computer side and it works great.

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Re: Pedals Straight to Interface?

Post by soggy mittens » Fri Sep 13, 2019 5:15 pm

Yeah for demoing songs at home, but I put an amp sim pedal at the end of my chain then into a DI before hitting the preamp input. I use the JOYO american sound amp sim. Tried a bunch but this one sounds the best to me. :)
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Re: Pedals Straight to Interface?

Post by Danley » Fri Sep 13, 2019 5:19 pm

I think my Presonus cheap interface warns against using active pickups (at least without adjusting the volume way down.) I assumed that caveat also applied to pedals?
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Re: Pedals Straight to Interface?

Post by Shadoweclipse13 » Thu Sep 19, 2019 8:12 pm

I could be wrong, but I believe that Sune from The Raveonettes uses a Jazzmaster into a Boss fuzz (FZ-2?) straight into the board. Obviously, he's probably doing it at a studio with a ridiculously expensive board, but still.

I've done it both straight and with a DI pedal, and I'm not as big of a fan of the sound for guitar. For bass, I prefer it. But I've also never really dug that deep into the settings when trying to do it with guitar. I'm sure you could make it sound good.
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Re: Pedals Straight to Interface?

Post by somanytoys » Fri Sep 20, 2019 9:02 am

Bass can track well many ways, but guitar is typically different. I know there have been a lot of people that go straight into the board and get good sounds (Lennon, Reverend Gibbons), but I think it takes some good pre’s, eq’s and other board magic happening in the background.

I want to try my Colourbox for that, to some degree, since that’s what it’s really supposed to be for. I may try to use the Iconoclast speaker emulator with it, to see if that makes any difference.
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Re: Pedals Straight to Interface?

Post by Telliot » Fri Sep 20, 2019 10:39 am

I go straight in 98% of the time, whether it be bass, guitar, synth, Rhodes... I just prefer it in most cases. I can always add later, depending on the style or what the song needs. Running it back through either a reamper to a mic’d amp, running it through pedals, or just adding an amp sim, I prefer to have those choices when it comes time to mix. There are many times I’ll leave it as is, just the straight signal with some compression and eq and call it a day.
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Re: Pedals Straight to Interface?

Post by somanytoys » Fri Sep 20, 2019 11:22 am

I’m a kindergartner when it comes to recording. There’s a lot to learn there.

It’s not getting a lot of spit & polish on the back end, so I try to capture it live as best I can. When I do record.

Hell, I can barely mix worth a shit, I think. And also probably anybody that has any idea what they’re actually doing.
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Re: Pedals Straight to Interface?

Post by DrQuasar » Fri Sep 20, 2019 2:55 pm

I use one of those cheap ART tube preamps. It sounds better than going straight into my interface, which is a presonus firestudio, at least to my ears. Especially for bass.

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Re: Pedals Straight to Interface?

Post by postchrist » Thu Sep 26, 2019 12:11 pm

guitar straight in can be a great sound of its own, try it out and see how you like it! test it out in a mix, try to learn and embrace the various sounds you can get out of what you’re working with, then let your ears make the call for you. :)
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Re: Pedals Straight to Interface?

Post by aliendawg » Thu Sep 26, 2019 1:26 pm

I've recorded guitar straight into an M-Track for years with the occasional pedal in between. Now I prefer to run it through my Vox PF15r, using the pre out to send signal to the interface
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Re: Pedals Straight to Interface?

Post by fortytwo » Fri Sep 27, 2019 1:09 am

Shadoweclipse13 wrote:
Thu Sep 19, 2019 8:12 pm
I could be wrong, but I believe that Sune from The Raveonettes uses a Jazzmaster into a Boss fuzz (FZ-2?) straight into the board. Obviously, he's probably doing it at a studio with a ridiculously expensive board, but still.
You're not wrong.
Except for maybe the pedal. He uses whatever suits the sound he wants, but a main piece on his board, is a RAT. But there have been fuzz factories, geiger counters, and various other trippy things on there.
The first Raveonettes album where done in a studio with an old Neve 10 channel thing, but a lot of the things after have been done with a 500 series preamp, some Neve clones, some other things, whatever he thinks sounds good in his studio.

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Re: Pedals Straight to Interface?

Post by jorri » Fri Sep 27, 2019 2:21 pm

Sometimes it can be just what is needed for dreampop sounds. When there's no distortion in sight, and just some stacked verbs and delays.
Mainly because it then gets the intended stereo image without the bi-amp complications.
Although i suppose you can use the pedal as an outboard for a micced sound, or find a plugin that does the job.
It can give a much more synthetic, purer image of the verb-as-instrument.
Didn't cocteau twins do that sometimes?

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Re: Pedals Straight to Interface?

Post by fuzzjunkie » Sat Sep 28, 2019 6:32 am

jorri wrote:
Fri Sep 27, 2019 2:21 pm
Sometimes it can be just what is needed for dreampop sounds. When there's no distortion in sight, and just some stacked verbs and delays.
Mainly because it then gets the intended stereo image without the bi-amp complications.
Although i suppose you can use the pedal as an outboard for a micced sound, or find a plugin that does the job.
It can give a much more synthetic, purer image of the verb-as-instrument.
Didn't cocteau twins do that sometimes?
Yes. On Heaven or Las Vegas especially, and lots of Eventide H-3000. Some of the distortion was Big Muff straight in too.

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Re: Pedals Straight to Interface?

Post by Unicorn Warrior » Sat Sep 28, 2019 6:54 am

fuzzjunkie wrote:
Sat Sep 28, 2019 6:32 am
jorri wrote:
Fri Sep 27, 2019 2:21 pm
Sometimes it can be just what is needed for dreampop sounds. When there's no distortion in sight, and just some stacked verbs and delays.
Mainly because it then gets the intended stereo image without the bi-amp complications.
Although i suppose you can use the pedal as an outboard for a micced sound, or find a plugin that does the job.
It can give a much more synthetic, purer image of the verb-as-instrument.
Didn't cocteau twins do that sometimes?
Yes. On Heaven or Las Vegas especially, and lots of Eventide H-3000. Some of the distortion was Big Muff straight in too.
Interesting. I’ve been hot on the Cocteau Twins for a while. I really need to wire my board for stereo use. I’ve got everything in mono mainly because I don’t gig with 2 amps but now since I’m looking to record more it will be useful

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